We are a not-for-profit organization, under the direction of a volunteer board of management. See who’s on our board here.

Our main office is located at 20 Centennial Square. Here’s who you’ll meet when you come see us.

Our Core Team

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The DVBA is a small but mighty dedicated team, based at our downtown office. Here’s who we are:

Jeff Bray

Executive Director

Jeff Bray grew up in Vancouver, B.C. After graduating from UBC, Bray embarked on a 13-year career with the BC Government. In 2001, Bray was elected the MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill. More recently, Bray was the Manager of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Shaw in BC. Bray is currently President of Capital Public Affairs Inc., a public affairs consulting firm. Bray is Vice-Chair of the Royal BC Museum Foundation, Vice-Chair of the Garth Homer Society, Vice-President of the Former MLA Association of BC, and is Vice-President of the North Quadra Community Association. Read more.

Phone: 250-386-2239
Email: jeff@downtownvictoria.ca




Rob Caunter

Clean Team Manager

Rob Caunter has been with the DVBA for 10 years. Rob started pushing a cart for the DVBA and has worked his way up to managing the Clean Team. Rob spends a lot of his time out on the streets managing the team and working on infrastructure projects.

Phone: 250-386-2238
Email: rob@downtownvictoria.ca






Christine Wood

Marketing Manager

Christine joins the DVBA after running her own strategic communications and marketing consultancy. Over the past 15+ years, through full-time roles and consulting work, she has overseen brand identity, created content, delivered digital marketing strategies, and built communities for everything from small businesses to large public sector organizations. She and her husband share their home with one extraordinary girl, two overactive Australian Shepherds, and a lifetime collection of books.

Phone: 250-386-2217
Email: christine@downtownvictoria.ca




Alison Gair

Executive Assistant

Alison Gair has been with the DVBA since 2006. Alison manages the administration of the office and works with the team to provide support for ongoing projects. The voice on the phone and the friendly face you see in the office, Alison is an integral part of the team with a strong background in all things downtown.  

Phone: 250-386-2238
Email: alison@downtownvictoria.ca





Becca Blachut

Marketing Specialist

Becca is a recent graduate from the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business. Previous to her role at the DVBA, she worked in hospitality and for the government. Becca began working for Downtown Victoria as an intern, writing the weekly events newsletter and curating events. She was promoted to permanent, full-time Marketing Specialist and loves her job for its variety and for the wonderful people she meets daily. Born and raised in Vancouver, Becca is an avid environmentalist pursuing a zero-waste lifestyle. She lives for the summer when she goes on overnight hiking trips all over Vancouver Island and the Sea-to-Sky area.

Phone: 250-386-2217

Email: becca@downtownvictoria.ca


Our Board of Directors

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President: Kathy Whitcher (UDI Victoria)

Treasurer: Dan Sawchuk (Robbins Parking)

Vice-President: Teri Hustins (Oscar & Libby’s Gift Store)

Secretary: Pam Smith (Yalla)

Past-President: Suzanne Bradbury (Fort Properties, ex-officio)


Indu Brar (Fairmont Empress Hotel)

Shane Devereaux (Habit Coffee)

Tyler Dolan (Colliers International)

Adrienne Lockstead (The Bay Centre)

Jonathan Michaels (Geeks on the Beach – Web Agency)

Grant Olson (Strathcona Hotel)

Nima Rohani (McConnan Bion O’Connor & Peterson)

Richard Egli (Alarcity Canada)

Councillor Charlayne Thorton-Joe (City of Victoria)


The DVBA’s Board of Directors of the reserves the right to accept or reject nominations at its sole discretion and according to its judgment as to suitability based on the Constitution and By-Laws of the DVBA.

The DVBA Board of Directors is made up of 12 Directors, each elected on a two year term, and on City Councillor appointed by the City of Victoria as a non- voting member. Elections are staggered and take place annually at the DVBA Annual General Meeting.

Directors must be representatives of downtown properties and/or businesses and must include at least one person from each of the following stakeholder groups:

  • Small independent retailers (premise less than 300 square metres)
  • Large retailers  (premise more than 300 square metres)
  • Hoteliers operating within the Downtown precinct
  • Service providers
  • Restaurant/entertainment operators
  • Property owners or managers

Volunteer Committees

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Three volunteer committees made of DVBA board members and members of the downtown business community assist DVBA staff in executing the annual work plan in three areas: Marketing, Events, and Clean, Safe and Sustainable.

DVBA committees:

Meet 10 times per year (more often if required and agreed to by committee members)

Have required readings and preparation for members in advance of each meeting and follow-up as required

Have an appointed Chair

Must have a DVBA Board representative

If you are interested in volunteering on a DVBA committee, email alison@downtownvictoria.ca 

The Clean Team

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The DVBA’s Clean Team complements the City’s efforts to keep our Downtown clean. The Clean Team is on duty from 8 am until 4 pm every weekday.

In 2016, the Clean Team collected 4,647 needles and removed 2,556 graffiti tags and has recycled almost 2 million cigarette butts since 2014. Along with the removal of drug paraphernalia, the Clean Team removes graffiti from private property within the BIA. If you need graffiti removed, please call either:

  • City of Victoria – 250-361-0466 – public property
  • DVBA –  250-386-2238* – private property within the DVBA boundary. View our Boundary map.

*If the Clean Team is unable to remove the graffiti using their chemicals, they will offer alternative graffiti removal options – including providing the free labour to paint over the tag if your business/property provides the paint. Call our team today.